October Weekend Family Fun: A Harvest of Festivals


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Welcome to the weekend! In search of some inspiration on how to spend what’s predicted to be a lovely couple of fall days with colors close to peak and Halloween creeping ever closer? We’ve spotlighted some best bets for weekend fall festivals, pumpkin patch rambles and not-so-spooky holiday treats with a road trip thrown in if you’re feeling extra adventurous. For more ideas for this weekend and beyond, zip over to our Family Fun Calendar, packed with both free and budget family activities.

FESTIVAL SPOTLIGHT: Fall on the Farm, Pumpkin Nights & Apple Fest

10/15: Fall on the Farm @ Eidem Homestead, Brooklyn Park • 12-3pm • $4-$6/pp, 4 & under free • Family highlights: Join in harvest time, cider pressing, pumpkin carving and more.

10/15-16: Pumpkin Nights @ Minnesota State Fairgrounds, Falcon Heights • Fri-Sat 6:30pm-midnight • $16-20/pp, $64/family packs include 2 adults & 2 kids • Details: A mile-long walking path lined with 3,000 hand-carved pumpkins in 12 themed worlds to create a multi-sensory Halloween experience.

10/15-16: Apple Fest @ Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings • 10am-6pm • $3-$4/pp • Family highlights: Festival admission includes hayrides, cider demos, access to the kids playground and petting farm, and special entertainment.

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PUMPKIN PATCH SPOTLIGHT: Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches

Patches are in full swing this weekend, and we’ve got the details on 14 we think are worth checking out for their fall activities, farm animals, and fresh produce. Here’s a quick look at what Wheel Fun Rentals pumpkin patches have to offer families; for more options try Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches or click the graphic.

Wheel Fun Rentals Pumpkin Patches – 2 Twin Cities locations: Veteran’s Memorial Park, Richfield & Como Lake, St. Paul • Open weekends, 10am-sunset • Admission wristbands $5-$10/pp • Activities vary at each patch and include mini golf, inflatables, a hayride and more plus PYO pumpkins.

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candy-corn-pumpkins_HALLOWEEN EVENT SPOTLIGHT: Family Art Sunday @ Banfill-Locke Center for Arts, Fridley • Sunday, 10/16, 1-3pm • Details: Drop in for a Funky Pumpkin craft, take an art scavenger hunt in the galleries and have a spooky snack.

For dozens of additional Halloween events & activities, try FFTC’s Guide to Twin Cities Halloween Fun.


oktoberfestFALL WEEKEND ROAD TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Oktoberfest in New Ulm, Minnesota

Enjoy the peak of fall colors en route to this south central Minnesota town a couple hours’ drive from the Twin Cities. Oktoberfest in New Ulm, running Oct 14-16 is rocking with a festival, parade and activities reflecting the city’s proud Germanic heritage! Other nearby attractions with a stop for families are the Harkin Store, Schell Brewery and Flandrau State Park.


FALL SHOWTIME SPOTLIGHT: Spookley the Square Pumpkin at Stages Theatre Company, Hopkins • Oct 15-16 • $16/pp • Details: Follow the adventures of a misfit pumpkin.


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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.

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